Social experience around choosing mutual goals with similar commitments at the level that works for you.
Tell us about your idea
Just in time learning
We are motivated to learn not just by its own momentum but by the commitments we make to others and the pride and connection we get in knowing and sharing.
Too many of us students are in classes that are at the wrong level for us. Too many of us are not well motivated by the system or teachers or even our own support network of friends. We want it to be a collaboration between learners and teachers. School too often veers from our purpose and goal to our required dreary dreaded responsibility. It should give us a feeling of new motivated mastery but instead sometimes it makes us feel overwhelmed and inadequate.
Today’s leisure use of social media can seem aimless. It needn’t be. This idea is creating a social network where people post their interest, level of knowledge, time and energy they can commit to leaning towads the interest. A small just in time learning community is then born out of mutual desires to learn and to meet others interested in learning a topic together. These groups can be held together by a mentor or group will. They can be suggested or come from personal initiative. They use a platform that allows the results to accrue and become known and seen. For minors and for people in K-12 there are monitors and lists of topics, curricula and suggested goals that can chosen too.
It is hard to learn alone. I tried to learn what I needed to get a ham radio license by myself at 9 years old. I met a friend that was willing to do it with me at 12. We made a little progress. Finally, we found a ham radio club with a group doing it together with a mentor. We were half anyone there’s age. We stuck together and were study buddies. The structure and support were critical and in a couple months we had mastered topics like Hartley oscillators, Morse code and got our Novice Ham licenses.
Everything successful for people has a social element. The experience of MOOC’s has shown that the social groups around the courses is an important element of the course’s successes. Learning requires doing not just listening and making the community and goals the center can focus attention on the desire to work together and the need to show.
A Just in time learning platform can have graphical representation of the self-made or joined course and group goals. It will encourage private and public focused time. It can have tools to develop and share personal and group projects. Starting in the 1970s We have seen how SAIL allowed people to collaborate where two screens shared the same display and controls. In the 1980s COLAB took a different approach of structured collaboration that pushed groups to focus across computers. Now we have explosions of tools allowing people to show each other at a distance how to do it or to do it for each other. Such collaboration happens in design tools and fantacy games as well. We can make more powerful tools that collect the learning success as we engage in mutual, hand over hand or mentored remote explorations, partial and complete success.
This then is request to join me to create a kind of social media, that is focused entirely on people creating mutual success and direction to do things to progress towards a learning goal. Lets design it to bring new people in to learners lives, make them feel in control of their learning, motivate them to fill out their weaknesses in safety and to enjoy and stretch their strengths. The focus of the platform has to be collecting the structure that teams built to create curricula from learning goals and supporting created solutions that fit it. The platform has to celebrate the space to explore and still allow structured supervision where progress itself is recognized and rewarded.
Tell us a little bit about yourself and what inspired you to share this idea.
Ted Selker lives to make innovativion help people
Ted’s PhD showed that AI to make project based learning more enjoyable and productive. He created many project based teaching technologies ranging from PBS’s online LivingCenter to work with people with dementia to Polling Place Support tool created to train and support voting workers. Ted has run project base teaching experiences as a professor at MIT, CMU and Stanford and for many communities from classrooms to museums.
Ted's innovation has been responsible for successful products. His design of the TrackPoint in-keyboard pointing device is used in many notebook computers. His visual interface work has made impacts in the performance of the PowerPC, usability in OS/2, ThinkPad setup, maps, etc. Ted was given the American Association for People with Disabilities Thomas Paine Award for his work on voting technology, and was co-recipient of the Computer Science Policy Leader Award for Scientific American 50.